All The Christmas Joy ...

So I may have over decorated for Christmas this year, but I couldn't be happier that I did.  With the extra time at home after my husband came home from the hospital + decorating earlier than ever this year I found it was easier to get more done.  I love our home decorated for Christmas and now that it is all decorated and the boxes are put away again I am truly just soaking up all the goodness each and every day.  I am greeted each morning with the lights from the tree as I walk downstairs and it the joy just keeps flowing as I walk to the kitchen each morning. I think it truly feels like we live in a little gingerbread house ... and I could not love it more.


Christmas Crafted Cocktails

I love serving a special drink when we have guests.  Sometimes I make punch and sometimes it is individually crafted cocktails but both are so fun to create and serve when you have people in your home.  For me it feels special and it is a treat for the friends and family we have invited in to spend time with us. Often times I will get emails and texts after asking how for recipes which makes it even more special to me.  I made an impression on them and made them feel special enough to want to make it again for others.


Holiday Shopping Roundup

Happy Friday ... can you believe it is already December 6th, it is like time is on a fast train speeding by.  I am doing really well on my Christmas shopping and found so many fabulous gift ideas and places I think you all will love as well.  Today is a roundup of sorts of all kinds of things that I think make great gifts ... for all sorts of reasons. I whittled down the list to include the really great things ... and it was still long, but oh so good.

I have included gifts for all ... men, women, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, best friends, car pool friends, teens, besties ... all the people!


Blue & White For The Tree

This year when I was planning out our trees (dining room + den) I knew I wanted to add blue and white pieces to both.  I didn't want solid navy or solid white ornaments, I wanted something perfectly chinoiserie.  I have a small collection of hand painted ornaments I wanted to use and expand on so both of our trees would feel similar even though in theory they are very different.  I started doing some research for myself and found such great options I knew I wanted to share.  Once I started down the rabbit hole of great blue and white ornaments I knew I would be writing this post and I am super excited to share it today.  Whether you are wanting just an ornament or two or a whole tree I have great options for you.


Our Den For Christmas

Today is one of my favorite days on the blog in December ... the beginning of the home tours for me.  I love partnering with other bloggers to share our favorite parts of our home all decorated.  I always feel like I am inviting you over for coffee or cocktails and opening up my fun spaces for you.  Today I have partnered with 11 Magnolia Lane and a slew of incredible blogs to share our homes.  If you are new to me, thank you for coming ... and if you are a seasoned reader ... welcome back for Christmas!!


All The Cocoa Please!

It's no secret that we love hot cocoa at our home and from the moment the first chill begins I set up a cocoa bar for all of us plus all the people who pop in to see us.  For weeks now I have been making cocoa for my daughter and our carpool.  I make two cups of cocoa for the girls and our son gets a vanilla latte as they all head out the door.  Since it is now December I changed the bar to be 100% Christmas and now I just think the hot cocoa tastes even better.  It is so fun for me to gather up some of our favorites + some new things and set up a station which I know will bring us all so many warm and yummy moments. 🤶


Cyber Monday Goodness!

image by Angie Webb Creative

It's December ... can you even believe it?  It is also Cyber Monday which is huge for getting all of your Christmas shopping done online today.  So many sales, so much goodness to be had!  I have broken down my go to shops, both small and big box, and listed their sale for today.  Most of these sales will end tonight and be the best sales you will see this week.  Yes, stores will still be having some sort of sale but the items will diminish in quantities and sizes and I always miss out if I do not get on it today!

I have my eye on some Airpods, gifts for the pups, Lawyer's gift and gifts for the kids!  I have a big list to conquer today and next week it will look like my doorstep won the lottery.  Luckily I already ordered all my gift wrap so I am ready when the boxes start arriving.  I ordered my gift wrap above from Ruby Stripe and the rest of it (pink stripe + blue pups) from the darling Sweet Caroline Designs!  It is all so good and so thick and I love it so! 🎄


Black Friday 2019

So first things first ... I make a list of items I wish to buy for gifts and then also those I am hoping to stock up on for our family.  This is a great time to grab things like luggage, boots, sweaters and pajamas.  I also think it is the perfect time to snag a great TV or anything else with a plug you either wish to gift to someone or you need for your home!  So, make your list and then click through the sales below ... there are some amazing things to snag!  Making a plan makes shopping so easy and takes the least amount of time to get what you want.  Also, if you forget something, just place another order.  I have done it many times and I find most sites are offering free shipping so it isn't terrible to make two orders!

Making a plan also helps to make sure I do not overbuy.  It is so easy to get sucked in and need about half of what I buy.  Make a list and stick to it if you can, if this is an issue for you. ❤

Gifts For Him 2019

I am not going to lie, shopping for the men in my life is always really hard.  They are pretty settled and grounded people and would prefer an adventure more than a gift most times and so finding them a few things to wrap and place under the tree is difficult for me.  I always find incredible things they would love ... but I am not always sure they need them.  Shopping for the males in my life is always a little bit difficult for me so I am tackling this gift guide first in hopes that I will find some really fun ideas to surprise them with this year.


Serena & Lily THANKFUL Sale

I am so excited to share with you that Thanksgiving came two days early with today's Serena & Lily sale.  I will admit I am little late to the S&L love, but I can tell you once you start a love affair with all things S&L it is hard to stop.  This current sale is incredible as they are offering 25% off almost everything with code THANKFUL so it is their Thank You, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale all wrapped up in one.  The sale runs from today (cue the confetti cannon) until December 3 and is the only sale you will see!  Since we are focusing on special and meaningful gifts this year I was so excited to partner with Serena & Lily and get a sneak peek a few weeks ago at this incredible sale.


Baked Spiked Apples

This recipe is so delicious and so many of you have been waiting for it since seeing me devour one the day after I made them.  What I love about baked apples is the ease in creating them.  They are so easy, so hard to mess up, and truly the best dessert or breakfast food.  I made them thinking they would be an incredible dessert option and then after eating one for breakfast proclaimed them the best brunch food.  Warm and yummy apples for brunch ... who knew it was the best idea.  You can pair it with cheesy scrambled eggs and toast and you would be the hit of the block for a fall brunch.  These are truly so easy to make and can be made with or without the yummy brown sugar glaze ... but I most definitely say with please!


Gifts For Her 2019

I am super excited about gift giving this season, I think maybe the most I have been maybe ever.  With the year we have had and the last few months I have such different ideas of how my gift giving will happen. I have decided to give very intentional gifts this year ... something that I know will be a special gift and one that mean something to the recipient.  I have made my list and I am working on finding exactly what I want for every person on the list.  When I made my gift guides this year I picked things I think make special gifts for the people on your list.   With each gift I am suggesting I will expand on why I chose the gift and how I think it could be given in a special way.  I put a lot of thought into all of my gift guides, so we are not just gifting another thing someone may or may not use ... but you are giving something that has a lot of meaning, and love. ❤


Lavender Latte

I think my first coffee shop experience was years ago with my Nana when we stopped in after Christmas shopping and I ordered a tall mocha.  At that time I was in college and I was not really able to drink espresso without the extra added chocolate ... but thank goodness I have grown up and don't need so much sugar in my coffee drinks.  For me sitting in a coffee shop and ordering a fancy latte in a hot mug is such a special treat and takes me right back to my time with my grandmother.  One of my favorite things to order is a lavender latte.  It is light, aromatic and the perfect amount of flavor for me.


The College Look Edit

Oh, my darling assistant just gets better every single week.  I swear she is not only the cutest thing on the planet, but has a heart of pure gold and has such a love for Jesus.  I love every single summer when the door opens at 9:30 and her voice says ... "good morning".  I also love catching her singing while she works as she has the voice of a true angel. This summer she was so focused on her wardrobe and styled herself into some darling outfits, it was so fun to see this side of her truly blossom.  This post is all about her own style and some students who have seen her incredible talent and have asked for her help.  

Can you love it more??  Here is Anna Grace back with another series of Edits and this one is all about her own style!

image by @kenleighmccart


12 Happies du Jour

Designed by Stephanie Sabbe

How can it already be the week before Thanksgiving?  This year has truly flown by ... and for sure the last four months.  I am really enjoying this week decorating our trees and working on our oldest son's room for when he comes home at Christmas.  He moved out when we were prepping for surgery and his room was a bit of a mess with a little of this and that and had no purpose.  I spent this weekend working on it and will finish it this week just in time to host him for Thanksgiving next week.  He has a birthday next week as well, so it is even more special.  I can't wait to show it to you ... coming very soon.  The photo above is my inspiration ... and is based loosely (very at times) on the design above.  Isn't this room incredible?


Apple Cider Cocktail + The Best Swizzle Stick

Anyone all about the apple cider this time of the year?  We most definitely are ... from having a glass with breakfast to enjoying it spiked as a cocktail at night we are truly apple cider fans.  I think the crisp air, falling leaves, and snuggling by the fire makes me crave all things apple.  A true cloudy, slightly pink, slightly spicy apple cider is my go to. 🍎


So Very Thankful

Our plans for Thanksgiving are still a tiny bit up in the air (depending any thing that happens) but we are planning to be out of town for the day.  I am excited to be with our family and to just have all the moments with those who are so close to us.  We will get up in the morning and drive (not far) and spend a full day with some of our family.  That being said I did not need to plan a table for us here at home.  That did not prevent me from taking some time to set up a great Thanksgiving table to inspire both me and you.


12 Happies du Jour

I find the time flies with both of us home right now ... it will be 8 am in the morning and then we will have one or two appointments and the next thing I know its 3 pm.  It is crazy ... but I am trying to be really present since I know this time with us together is fleeting and he will be back at work in a month or so and this time will be gone.  I love being able to pop in and grab lunch after an appointment, something we did yesterday, and truly just getting to sit at a table and stare at my walking miracle.  He is such a kind and precious man and hearing his foot steps around the house is the best kind of gift.  It is so good and so precious ... but man how the hours fly by.


Barrington Gifts Sale

Happiest of Mondays to you!!  We are having the best fall weather right now, well its a little cold today, and the leaf peeping is truly the best its been in years.  This weekend was so fun ... with lots of adventure and the debut of my favorite new crossbody bag.  This design is new for Barrington Gifts and I think its perfect.   Any time I can buy plaid and add a monogram is a good thing ... two reasons I love purchasing from Barrington Gifts.  Today is the last day for the Veterans Day sale which is 15% off the entire site which is the best sale of the year.  Since we both know I love all of my Barrington pieces I rounded them up today to share with you some great gift ideas to truly take advantage of this fabulous sale. 🎉


Gift Of Talent + Love

If you spotted my Instagram this morning than you know most of the story of this mug and its incredible creator, but I don't think one simple post is enough to give you all the details.  I can't do the details justice, but I am going to attempt to give you all I have.  This was one of the biggest blessings I received and when it came I truly did not understand all it would end up being and how bad things would get before I had a chance to gift the mugs and spread the love the love that was given to me.  Like I said, I am not sure I can do this justice ... but here goes my best effort. 


All The Pie For Thanksgiving

When I think of my favorite Thanksgiving food I think I can break it down to just a few things; turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce .... and pie.  All the pie please and thank you.  After Thanksgiving dinner is passed and we have the opportunity to snack on leftovers for days I always choose the same plate ... a little turkey, too much stuffing, cranberry sauce and more pie.  I don't know what it is about pie that just makes it the best dessert choice for the entire month of November for me, but I am all truly all about the pie. Since my baking skills are slim at best I rely on buying all of my pies from Southern Baked Pie Company and they never, ever disappoint.  I used to be so much safer since all of their locations were further from our home, but the brand new location in Vinings being just minutes away is putting delicious homemade pies right at my finger tips.

And I am not upset about that one single bit. 


12 Happies du Jour

Fall has been so pretty this year in Georgia.  The trees were really showing all of their stunning colors.  We had a really cold few days last week and I am hoping it has not put an end to the rest of our fall colors.  Some of the trees in the neighborhood are now just dropping their leaves in bulk ... but others are holding on.  We shall see.  I really do love a full fall with weeks of amazing temperatures and gorgeous leaf viewing. 


A Month Of Giving

photo by Angie Webb Creative

When we were still in the hospital I recall longing for the time when we would be home and things would be "normal" again.  He would be getting better every day and I would be sitting at my laptop daily writing away about things that inspired me.  It would feel so good to be home and healing and getting back to our "normal".


So, What Happened?

We have been home for three weeks now and it's been really good.  The first week was so hard and then we seemed to find a routine week 2 and now we are really feeling the comforts of home and family.  I do not think I have ever loved being home more ... it is just magic every single second.  Waking up in the morning and seeing him sleeping next to me is pure bliss and is only rivaled by holding his hand as I fall asleep each night.  Last week at our weekly surgeon check up the doctor said we could "begin to think about not walking on eggshells" and I literally exhaled.  It has been such a journey.

So, what happened? 


Home Sweet Home

I can't believe I actually get to type those words, but yes we are home and have been since last Saturday late afternoon.  Even though the medical team had been talking about it for days before the moment that our surgeon said today is the day it was incredibly unreal.  We have spent the last week just trying to set a routine, get him stronger, sleep, relax, soak up our family, and try to settle into a new normal.  I can tell you sitting here a week later and it doesn't feel any more normal, but we are taking it one step at a time. 


Friends + Family Event ... Serena & Lilly Sale

Did you hear the news?  The Family + Friends Event at Serena & Lilly started yesterday.  I love all the amazing things you can find at Serena & Lilly.  They have such beautiful and classic pieces that stand the test of time.  From gorgeous pillows to beautiful rugs, stunning sheets and bedding and the most amazing chairs and bar cart.  So many gorgeous things.  From now until October 14 you can get 20% almost everything online and in stores GUESTPREP.  There is so much goodness ... You can not go wrong with anything you purchase from Serena & Lilly.


12 Happies du Jour

Hi my friends!  We are still not home but I did splurge on this cute doormat this weekend with a thirty minute Target run.  I thought it was so cute and I am dying to be home and settled so it made it feel like it may be coming?   My favorite one was faded and no longer legible so I snagged a new one and immediately replaced it.  It just made me feel like the porch was a little more tidy with a new mat.  I could not find the door mat online, but it is available in the store.  Isn't it so cute?


Next Day Please!

With the crazy schedule I have had now for almost eight weeks (wow!) I have had to think quick on my feet more than once.  In this time we have celebrated a birthday for my girl, planned to come home, not once but twice, packed up one child to go away for fall break and had many volleyball snack days and little things in between. There has been more than once that I would think of something in the morning and need it by the next day.  Doesn't that always happen when you are stressed out or over busy?


Yellow Jeep

I shared this story on Instagram earlier this week but I thought I would go ahead and make it a full blog post since I get the question quite a bit and I think it is such a great story.  Yellow Jeeps are little signs from God that He is near me and us and it always makes me smile.  Since I shared the story on Instagram so many people have sent direct messages with the yellow Jeeps they have seen and thought of us.  It means the most, everything to us.


12 Happies du Jour

Happy Tuesday ... as you may expect I am drinking my coffee this am with my computer queued up to the Lilly After Party sale.  You may find that crazy since I shopped yesterday, but I have been holding out buying anything most of the summer anticipating this sale.  And, y'all it's good, like really good.  Today I shopped from my favorite summer release ... the rewind of some of the best prints released again. 


It's Party Time

It's here! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party is live and it is so very good.  I poured my coffee, got into the queue and after waiting 45 minutes was able to shop.  I got some really amazing things and the prices are sooo good.  I had to be careful to limit what I love since the selection is new each day of the sale.  So guess where I will be again tomorrow at 7 ish am ... yep, in the queue. 


Boozy Coffee Ice Cream

photo via Williams Sonoma

It is always a good thing when its Friday ... but Friday when its National Coffee Ice Cream Day, yes please!!  I love a good scoop, or two, of ice cream almost any day of the week but Friday after school is the ideal time for a ice cream treat.  Coffee is one of my go to flavors, it combines two things I just love ... coffee + ice cream.  Since buying our ice cream maker earlier this summer I have made many containers of ice cream.  Homemade ice cream is the perfect summer treat and ideal for dessert on weekends and super hot days.  It takes so little time and effort to create a fabulous result.


Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Did you see the news yesterday?  The Lilly After Party Sale is coming!!  The sale begins Monday online at 8 am EST and this weekend (September 7 + 8) in stores.  Anyone else a major Lilly Pulitzer lover?  I already have my eye on what will be on sale ... and added a few things to my cart to refresh on Monday.  There is just something about wearing Lilly that makes me super happy all the time.  Any day with me in a Lilly piece, or two, and I just seem to smile brighter and bigger.


The Leandra Medine Cohen Edit

This is the last one of Anna Grace's series and I am sad.  I have loved seeing her work and seeing it all come together in such a fun way.  I know y'all know I love and adore her, but I just have to say it again.  She is such a gift to me in so many ways.  Enjoy this amazing post ... I think it's so good. xo

I recently came across Leandra Medine Cohen, the founder of Man Repeller, and I cannot stop pinning her outfits. I may have copied almost every single one I could with what I have in my closet. Her style is eclectic and unlike anything I've ever seen. Here is my board for her where all of these images are from ... it's always growing don't worry. 


12 Happies du Jour

HI!!!  It's me, writing in real time and feeling good about it.  I needed a break from writing, thinking about the blog and worrying about anything other than what was happening right in front of me.  At many times I have wanted to just walk away for good but every single time someone (usually someone the medical field) has told me no and reminded me that an outlet is good for stress and anxiety.  This time was no different and last weekend I was ready to pull out my laptop at the hospital and write while he was sleeping.  Writing for me is so relaxing, and a few minutes into the post I felt like things were normal, even for just a few.  I don't know what kind of schedule I will keep while he is still recovering, but we shall see.  I am putting no pressure on myself and letting it flow when I am ready.  It feels good to be doing something "normal" and I am taking it one step at a time.

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